Frisco Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Town's Salomon Gold Rush Weekend

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The Town of Frisco remembers its rich history with a celebratory weekend full of family activities and Nordic races

To connect the mining history of the past with the Nordic traditions of the present, Frisco is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Salomon Gold Rush weekend. Frisco, Colorado's Main Street to the Rockies, was once the center of Colorado's mining-boom and the convergence of two major railroads and stagecoach routes. At more than 9,000 feet, Frisco still values its rich mining history while being surrounded by some of the best ski resorts Colorado has to offer.

On Saturday, Feb. 6, and Sunday, Feb. 7, the Town of Frisco will celebrate Salomon Gold Rush weekend with events for the entire family, including a huge bonfire, fireworks, Nordic races and Tubbs snowshoeing.

Saturday, Feb. 6 activities - corner of Marina Rd. and Hwy. 9

  • 6:00p.m. - Spontaneous Combustion - lighting of bonfire
  • 7:30 p.m. - Fireworks display at east end of Marina Rd. - proceeds from refreshments will benefit Summit Nordic Ski Club

Sunday, Feb. 7 activities - Frisco Nordic Center

  • 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. - Nordic races, including a 5/10K Classic, 5/10/20K Skate and the 7K Tubbs snowshoe race

Frisco's Gold Rush weekend activities celebrate the Town's mining history while offering something for the Nordic ski-lovers of today. Saturday's events are all about commemoration and celebration, while Sunday is centered on Nordic racing and Tubbs snowshoeing.

On Saturday, Spontaneous Combustion, the sixth annual lighting of the community bonfire, is a place for citizens to gather and recognize Frisco's unique atmosphere. The Gold Rush Fireworks display tops off the evening's festivities. The Summit Nordic Ski Club will sell refreshments at the event, with all proceeds benefiting the team's annual activities.

The Nordic races on Sunday are Colorado's oldest citizens' cross-country races and are expected to bring some of the country's top Nordic and snowshoe competitors. Anyone can register and participate in the Nordic races. Racers can also register at or pick up registration forms at the Nordic Center or Frisco Town Hall. For last-minute entrants, day-of registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Nordic Center. Entry fees are $25.00.

For more information about the Gold Rush races, call the Frisco Nordic Center at (970) 668-0866 or go to

The Salomon Gold Rush Weekend is sponsored by the Town of Frisco, Event Marketing Group, Great Harvest Bread Company, Frisco Nordic Center, The Summit Daily News, Lake Dillon Fire Department, Salomon, Tubbs Snowshoes and Cliff Bar.

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